Hello from our President:
Hello Master Gardeners! April showers are bringing May flowers!
Frank Sinning lead us with a very successful Spring Seminar in March! Marcia Taylor is busy promoting the April 30th MG Plant Sale at the Fairground. Richard Shannahan will enlighten us with learning more about vegetable gardening and eating at our April member meeting. Our May meeting at Hickory Park will be our MG Plant Swap. Tamara Carl will be giving info regarding our MG website at the June program. There are no meetings in July!
Your MG board is busy with your desires and considerations and making you all feel apart of what we do. Please make sure you continue to share them with us! I enjoy working with all the wonderful board members as they are all very dedicated.
I appreciate all you do whether it be a small or large activity as they all help to form our master gardening group. You are all flowers of different colors and talents! Thank you!
There is no glory in star or blossom
till looked upon by a loving eye;
There is no fragrance in April breezes
till breathed with joy as they wander by.
~William C. Bryant~
Program This Month:
Gardening with Veggies, by Richard Shannahan
....and more...from Jan Halligan
Richard Shannahan will share his expertise this Thursday, April14, at the monthly meeting of Master Gardeners at 1st Presbyterian Church at 1:00. In his large garden in Oakland Richard has specialized in various hot peppers, chard and kale because of their nutritional value.
A vegetarian himself, he will contrast it to veganism in regard to vitamin content. Working in raised beds, Richard composts a carefully formulated mixture of shredded oak leaves, rice hulls, cottonseed and other meals, plus fungus to dissolve them. He may be found at the Master Gardeners booth at the Mountain Home Farmers' Market on the square the first Saturday morning of every month.
Libby Stewart will talk about spring blooming native plants – such as Celandine Poppy
Bring some of your spring blooming native plants to talk about
Bring any plants of special interest and share information about them.
Bring plants or problems that need identification or help.
If there is no solution at the meeting, it will be researched and we will get back to you.
Remember to secure diseased or plants with insects in clear plastic bags
All items brought to the table MUST include the plant identification form with your name or it will not be discussed during the horticulture time.
Plant identification forms are provided at the table.
Free raffle -bring garden related items for the raffle; items you no longer need: garden books and magazines, plants not appropriate for the plant sale, decorative pots etc. Winners will be drawn after the break. Remember to check after the meeting for a winning draw.
Heads UP :-) For the May Meeting our BCMG Plant SWAP this year will be held at HICKORY PARK PAVILION -
466 Hickory Street, one block west of HWY 62 and north of 6th Street up the street from 1st Integrity Bank.
Bring plants about 12:00 if you have a lot of plants, so we can get them all organized.
Swap & Learn - to start at 1:00
We will start with the educational part of the swap by asking everyone to tell us something about their plants: Their names, any specific instructions, why I like them, any warnings about its nature: etc. You may want to take notes.
The swap itself will start with those bringing the most plants and then fewer and quickly working toward those who brought none. If you don’t have any plants to bring, there have always been plenty plants for all to bring home something.
WHAT TO BRING ---
· Plants you’ve saved for the swap, any extra plants that didn’t get to the plant sale, even plants recently potted up. If recently potted, please note this on the ID form for the benefit of the taker. These plants don’t need to be in as great shape as for the plant sale.
· Bulbs, rhizomes, seeds. These can be bundled with one label per bundle, or several per group.
· Cuttings from plants you know will start new plants. (Please bring shopping bags for takers to put the cuttings into).
· Plant Id’s and your name with all plants. We all can’t know about all plants that are brought, especially when they are small. Every year we have many plants left behind because they aren’t identified and don’t the name of Master Gardener who brought them.
· Boxes, bags etc, to keep the plants you are taking home separate from others.
OTHER MEMBER EDUCATION EVENTS:
GARDEN WALKS: Barbara Goodlett firstname.lastname@example.org is the contact to host a Garden Walk
TOURS: Jo Strickland will arrange Tours - email@example.com contact Jo with suggestions
SIGs: Pat Mueske firstname.lastname@example.org is the contact to lead a SIG – Special Interest Group
v To hold a special Member Education Event, members should contact one of the above.
v It is important that our Member Education committee chairs schedule tours, garden walks and SIGs so the dates do not conflict with our previously scheduled BCMG activities.
Member Education Director: Audrey Holt email@example.com
Members with Last names beginning B-H ... kindly bring refreshments for the meeting.
Attention MG "foodies" - if you bring something you're proud of and we love it, ....will you consider sharing it so we can include in the recipe section of upcoming newsletter?
Project Information: Springtime at our MG Projects
Spring has arrived, and the weeds are all doing well in my yard.......and at all of our projects. Workdays are scheduled at all of our projects, and you are all seeing buddy messages in advance of each of the dates.
With seven projects to maintain, we need consistent support to keep all of them up to par. So we're asking everyone to consider spending some time at the project of your choice. There are many ways to participate in support of our projects.
Obviously, we'd love as many people as possible to support the Project Enhancement Day (PED). Each project has regularly scheduled PED's each month, though the times vary depending on the time of the year to accommodate the heat of summer, etc. Our project leaders publish buddy messages a few days in advance of upcoming PED's, and all PED's are posted on our website in the calendar.
Obviously, all of us are aware of the 'diggers' hours in support of these garden sites, but all of us are not able to do the garden work. And there are some members who work on the weekdays when the PED's are scheduled. All of our project chairs have other ways that you can support their efforts.
Many of the project leaders bring snacks to the PED's to thank those who've helped. They'd be delighted if someone volunteers to bake some cookies or muffins and bring them to the PED. Some of the project leaders, during this social time, have discussions relating to the garden site and/or gardening in general. If you have something here that you can share and help them out, they'd appreciate it. During the dry seasons, all of the sites have watering needs which can be done at any time. Also, if you can do some work at a site at other than the scheduled time, please talk with the project leader. They'll let you know what needs doing that you can accomplish when your schedule permits. We also have weekend opportunities supporting the Outdoor Adventure at the Hatchery, and the History Day at Cooper Park.
I encourage you to speak with our project leaders on how you can participate in a way and at a time which works for your schedule. I know they will be appreciative for whatever support you offer.
So....be creative.....think about which project(s) you'd like to support. Make a commitment to once a month to spend a couple hours at one of these sites....or each month support a different site. Our projects are wonderful examples of how we support our community, and we need to keep them beautiful.
Thanks for your help and assistance.
Reporting Hours: Report your hours, make your contribution count!
Need help reporting your hours? – please try this active link MG online reporting link.
1) You can enter this from the Members Only page above OR at http://members.arkmg.org..
2) Your user name will be your last name and the first two letters of your first name. Sally Smith’s user name would be smithsa.
3) The default password is baxter, and then you will be asked to enter a permanent password.
For members that do not have access or cannot report their hours on line please continue to turn in your hours at the meeting, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Sandy Seitz
Please send me a note when you know someone in need of "Sunshine." It may be an illness, sympathy, or congratulations. Call me at 870-481-5355 or mailto:email@example.com
March Rain Report:
Diana Weigand Three Brothers area Reported: 4.2"
Sue North East side of Baxter County Lake Norfork Reported: 7.21" ytd
Audrey Holt West side of Baxter County Reported:
Ken Braswell From Hwy. 341 south of Lone Rock, Reported:
Thanks to our Newsletter Staff this Month:
Articles or Topics Suggested By:
Phyllis Henley... Message from the President
Jan Halligan ... Program Information for the Month
Jane Darr ... BCMG Monthly Bulletin
Mark Keaton Baxter County Extension Agent ... Monthly Calendar
Darrell Stewart ... Norfork National fish Hatchery Project
Gerald Klingaman, Retired Extension Horticulturist ... Nasturtiums
Tamara Carl ... How To Start Sweet Potato Slips
Sherrie Smith, Plant Pathologist, Plant Health Clinic.....Submitting Plant Samples for Disease Diagnoses
Sheila Barlow... Recipes
Sheila Barlow... Newsletter Coordinator
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